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July 17, 2013

Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past

at 3:08 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 Worms with Heads Cut Off grow New Head and Remember the Past

 

There are lots of crazy things in nature that are unbelievable. You have probably read about starfish being able to regenerate lost arms or how frogs can freeze solid for months with no heart beat and thaw out and be good as new in the summer. Many species of worms also have the ability to regrow chopped off sections of their body including internal organs, see the video below for some information on that. It turns out that when the brain regrows it also retains the memories of the brain that was chopped off. This was tested by training flatworms to travel across a rough surface to access food prior to chopping their heads off, when the new head grew back the work remembered how to get to it’s food.

In the 50s a scientist also demonstrated that you could teach these worms to travel through a maze just by feeding untrained worms the ground up bodies of worms that were trained in the maze. Just imagine what our world would be like if the human body also operated in the same way?

 


June 28, 2013

Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it

at 10:20 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 Becks Beer Bottle with an Audio Recording Scratched on it_4

 

Beer is great and refreshing but I always thought the only thing you could do with the them after the been was consumed was recycle them. Guess what, the guys over at GYRO have made a recording system so they can scratch a recording into the outside of the bottle and then play it back with a player. The device is based on an Edison Cylinder but uses modern parts such as hard drive servo arms to get things done.

“We ground a high-speed steel cutting tool which we polished to mirror finish resulting in a very quiet cut, all this taking place under a microscope!
We also have a couple of sapphire tips which we used for some test cuts but we found the steel one are quieter but with a much shorter life, in fact any contaminants in the coating would take a microscopic chunk out of the tip effectively destroying it!

Heating the tip by winding hair-thin NiChrome wire and passing a current through it resulted in a smoother cut, requiring less downforce and reduced surface noise as it helps it glide through the surface without tearing the substrate.”

 

 

The Beck’s Edison Bottle from Shine Limited on Vimeo.


June 7, 2013

Clean a Dirty Record using Wood Glue

at 8:03 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 

I have never tried this technique so you might want to give it a try on a record you don’t like much before doing it on a record you would hate to destroy. Unlike the Green Marker Trick for improving the sound of CDs I think this technique would work quite well. All you need to do is goop some wood glue onto the record, wait for it to dry and peel it off. In the demonstration a small tab is used to start the peel. The glue adheres to the dirt and grime in the tracks but does not bond well to the vinyl itself. I am thinking that the Computer Cleaning Goo might work well in a pinch also.


March 31, 2013

Guy Flies Cessna 172 with only Flight Simulator Experience

at 10:48 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 

I am sure most of us have tried some flight simulators. I must admit that I haven’t tried one since the early 90s, back then there were lots of knobs and dials that were needed to keep you in the air flying normally. I am sure they have advanced a ton since then since I wouldn’t have thought that any amount of practice would have sufficiently gave me the knowledge to actually fly a real plane though. This guy used a flight simulator to gain all of his experience! After a bunch of simulator attempts he was finally ready to attempt an actual flight. He had a flight instructor sitting beside him just in case things went wrong, but as you will see he was able to get it in the air, fly a pattern around the Las Vegas airport and land successfully. The instructor handled the conversation needed between the plane and tower, he also handled taxing the plane out to the runway.

March 29, 2013

Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine by Matt Denton

at 3:07 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

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We have featured Matt Denton’s hexapod designs in the past. He has been spending some time working on a project that is a bit bigger than the previous ones! His new design which has been 4 years in the making called Mantis is a Hexapod Walking Machine. He has taken lots of pictures in the Facebook page (a few can be seen below). This video done by Daily Planet talks about Matt and his machines.

“After four years intensive R&D, inspiration, design and build, Micromagic Systems is proud to unveil Mantis — the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.

This 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel-powered, British-designed and -built walking machine can be piloted or remote WiFi-controlled, stands 2.8 metres high with a five meter working envelope and weighing in at just under two tonnes.”

 

 

 


March 23, 2013

Custom Milled iPad Stand

at 1:50 am. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 

CruddCNC shows us how he took a piece of billet aluminum and turned it into a Custom Milled iPad Stand. The CNC machining makes me jealous since my V90 CNC could make this out of wood but there isn’t a hope for it to make it out of aluminum. The result is a great looking heavy duty stand. Not exactly practice though since I would hate to know what it would cost to actually produce these like this for sale.

Via: Hack 247

March 19, 2013

Dot Matrix Wall Writer – Time Writer

at 6:06 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, What Were They Thinking

 

Olivier van Herpt invented a machine called the Time Writer. It allows any graffiti artist in training to get their message out to the masses with the push of a button. An Arduino controls the action here. The Arduino pulses a number of relays which open and close paint nozzles. The paint mixture is pressurized using a re-purposed water fire extinguisher which conveniently has a valve just like a car tire. I think this would be a very effective guerrilla advertising technique if it was hidden under a car and used water soluble paint so that your message only lasts until the first rain.  

 

Dot Matrix Wall Writer - Time Writer

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